Peregrine Falcon Home Page
January 2013: We have had to say 'good-bye' to our injured falcon 'Louise' (Now called 'Chinook'), who is at the WildOnatrio facility: http://www.alternativesjournal.ca/community/blogs
As of Jan. 28th, Chinook (ex-K91, a female falcon) has been transferred and is being used as an educational resource, which is the best outcome given the circumstances. Since her initial accident (? due to window encounter?), she had been taken care of and rehabbed back to a good state through the efforts of Rich Moore and the folks at: Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation. Although she was eventually able to catch prey on her own, she never regained the height nor strength needed to be able to migrate with her family.
For pictures of 'Chinook' and other falcon-related photos, pls. click on the link to "more birds' above.
March 13: Have asked WildOntario (who have our now-renamed falcon Chinook) to update me on her situation. Apparently she is becoming quite the star attraction and I hazard to guess, she'll soon be a diva. Here is a recent phot of her, courtesy of the facility. For those of you who use FaceBook, pls. access info via: www.facebook.com/WildOntario
March 25: First confirmed sighting made by Irene Wade, who saw one adult on library sign. 2 adult falcons have now returned (within a day or two of initial sighting). Until there is a positive i.d. done on both sets of leg bands, we shall 'assume' it is 'Callie' and 'Gary' from last year. Nesting behaviour has started, as the female is already making the scrape comfy for eventual egg-laying. Please access the live cam feed via the link above 'live video'.
April 9: Momma falcon (yes, it is 'Callie') has made a lovely large bowl-shaped scrape, and both adults are fussing about the ledge, making sure all is prepared for eventual eggs. This may start to happen as of next week. Mating has been observed and rituals that solidify their relationship are being seen via the live cam.
Thanks to Paul and Irene who have installed both cameras again, and for the falcon-proof container (mystery carpenter) for the corner camera that looks down on the scrape/bowl.
My last work day here is April 11th, but I will still check in now and then while I still have access to the computer and can re-boot the camera or add to the home page when necessary.
From now on, for any falcon-related info or updates, please contact Warren Fitch: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 403-220-5269. He has a full contact list for all things falcon-related.
April 16: 1st egg laid (observed about noon by chatter 'neener').
April 18: 2nd egg (courtesy 'Kelowna lurker' report)
April 21: 3rd egg ('bnnyo' report)
April 23 (?): 4th and final egg laid ('neener')
May 23/24th: 1st hatchling arrived sometime between these two dates. (likely EARLY on Fri., May 24th)
May 25: 2nd egg hatched late in the evening ('kirsten')
May 26: 3rd and final hatchling arrives ('cmcms')
4th egg presumed to be dud, and later removed from ledge area.
June 17: Banding done today - 3 males identified. (more details to come)
July 3rd: 1st Fledge was around 8pm – went towards MLT
July 4th: 2 & 3rd went close together early morning – flew the opposite direction – spotted later. (Irene) " I was able to find two for sure – one on Craigie E west side near the +15 to the parkade , the third at the top of the SW arm of the Hotel Alma and the other on the west end of ScA (we think this was the first fledge)".
Warren & security found a juvie on ground near ScA and put it up on a roof (tentative info until confirmed)
July 9: chick photographed sitting on ground in front of MacHall – not sure who rescued it.
July 31: NUTV had naming contest – winners are Nenshi, Zephyr & Orion
July 10: Warren witnessed parent with 3 chicks following and landed on top of SS (one chick had to circle a couple of times to gain height but made it!)
Thanks to Irene, 'lotus' and 'neener' for above info and pic below. For additonal pics, ls. see link below:
Thanks to 'nc' for visual diary of falcon activities (see link below) and much-appreciated support in my absence.
August: This is the time when the fledglings are learning and being shown the 'ropes' by their parents, with dad doing most of the hard work. Mom ('Callie') is often seen on the ledge (see video link) in a corner and sometimes spends many hrs. preening, 'zoning out' (resting), and likely hiding from her 'kids'. On occasion, one or more juveniles come and beg for food or just try to follow the parent/s who are on the ledge. They are identifiable by their colouring (brownish) and their calls (frantic). The female adult also does some 'house-keeping' action on the scrape, making it clear this is still her territory.
The falcons, especially the juveniles, will be spending more time further afield, learning to catch prey and fight for their 'booty' ('sibling rivalry' at its best!) and it seems that after 2 (?) rescues early on, all 3 male fledglings have successfully moved on to the next phase/s of their development. The falcons (adults usually last to leave) may be around campus until mid- to end of September.
Despite my not being on campus anymore, I am thankful that many regular cam 'chatters' and followers are providing much-needed info and pictures, and once again, many thanks to them and all my on-campus supporters and falcon-guardians.
I hope to continue to help out now, so if there are any additional observations or quesitons, pls. refer them to 'Warren' (Warren Fitch: email@example.com) Enjoy the falcons while you can.